Virginia moves up with PA tight end

Virginia moves up with PA tight end

Three-star Keystone State tight end likes what he saw, and heard, from Virginia and its coaching staff following a Junior Day visit Saturday.

Amir Ealey was receiving plenty of attention from Virginia before Saturday. Now, he's receiving even more.

The 6-foot-4, 225 pound three-star Coatesville (Pa.) tight end has one offer, from the Cavs, and by the time he left Charlottesville and Virginia's Junior Day Saturday, he was ready to call the program his early leader.

"It was a really good experience," Ealey said. "They've been showing me a lot of love, and [the Virginia men's basketball team] beat Syracuse, and that was a good time getting to rush the court and spend time with [Virginia offensive coordinator Steve] Fairchild.

"Coach Fairchild seemed like a really good coach, and he seems like he wants the best for me. He's recruiting me really heavy. They are a great school academically, and they told me I have a great chance of playing right away."

Ealey moved back to his native Coatesville after three years living in South Carolina with his uncle. While there, he garnered a host of SEC interest, but not much from the ACC or other conferences.

That changed when he moved back to Fairchild's recruiting territory, though, as the Cavs' assistant offered in December and has kept regular contact since.

"He's very involved with the players," Ealey said of Fairchild. "Most coaches don't really communicate with their players like that. He has a bond with them on and off the field."

Involvement from the coaching staff was something Ealey said he noticed throughout his visit, including the portion when prospects watched Virginia's first spring practice of the year.

"The coaches are involved, and [head coach Mike London] met with every recruit there," Ealey said. "I really liked the academic side, and there was a person that explained that and my father and I agreed she had our best interest in mind.

"I feel like if I do commit to Virginia, I could be a big plus for them and come in and play right away."

Ealey said he pondered committing before leaving campus, but ultimately decided he would wait and see what other programs would get involved in the spring.

The junior will visit Rutgers in late March for a Junior Day, Temple April 18, and he also would like to make a southern swing to Florida. He added the Gators were the first school that expressed interest.

Virginia was first to offer, though, and that will keep the Cavs near the top for the long haul. In fact, they're already there.

"I want a school that is good academically and has my major," Ealey said. "I want to go to a school that's family oriented on and off the field.

"They're really into their football players," Ealey said of the ‘Hoos. "It's just really cool, and I like the way they hype the fans up [at the basketball game]. That was one of the things I loved."

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